Many job seekers stress about the gaps in their employment history. Although you might be tempted to hide these gaps from prospective employers with creative resume formatting or even outright lies, it is far better for you to explain these gaps and emphasize your commitment to advancing your career with these employers.

 

Tell the Truth About the Gap in your Employment

 

The best place to tell the truth about your employment gap is in your cover letter. You’re human and employers know that. If you had to take time off work to care for a sick relative, focus on raising young children, or complete your education, state this in your cover letter.

During your interview, touch on your employment gap again and offer additional details if necessary. Ignoring it or attempting to gloss over it can cause the interviewer to make assumptions or jump to conclusions, so it is important that you control your career’s narrative by discussing its gaps up front.

 

Focus on your Skill Development During your Periods of Unemployment

 

While you are unemployed, it is important to continue developing your skills. This will keep you employable. It is just as important to develop your soft skills as it is to develop your career-related skills. You can do this by volunteering, freelancing, or developing skills that can help you in the workplace, like learning a new language or developing your public speaking skills.

 

Keep a Positive Tone and Focus on the Future

 

If you were let go from a previous job due to restructuring or downsizing or if you voluntarily left the job, mention this but do not harp on it. Again, you are a human being. You will not be a great fit for every job or every manager and you cannot always uproot your life to follow a relocating job.

During your interview, talk positively about your fit for the new position and how you will be an asset to the company. Emphasize your relevant experience and how you intend to further that experience in the new position.

 

Discuss your Employment Needs and Find your Next Job with an Experienced Staffing Agency

If you are in the market for a new job, consider working with an experienced staffing agency to find and secure your next position. Contact Stand-by Personnel today to schedule your initial consultation with us, during which we can assess your skills and experience to determine the ideal fit for your career.